September 11, 2001. Two planes, having been highjacked by terrorists, crashed into the world trade center. In response to this tragedy, planes were grounded for days all over the United States, and airports began to vastly tighten up their security. Even now, twelve years later, airport security is very high, in hopes of preventing another catastrophe from occurring.
A few thousand years before this, in a different part of the world, Jesus told His followers, “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture” (Jn 10:9). Jesus wasn’t saying that He was literally a large, rectangular piece of wood with a nob on it; rather, He was saying that if we go through Him, we will be saved and find pasture (figuratively, of course). Then, in John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
In both verses, Jesus tells His followers that if they want to be saved, they must go through Him. Jesus is the way. The question is, is there a way to get into heaven? Any back way or ventilator shafts to sneak through? The last part of John 14:6 answers that for us; no one comes to the Father except through Christ. There are no back doors into heaven, no ways to bypass the security. If we want to get to heaven we have to do it God’s way. Unlike human security, there is no way to get around God’s rules; if we want to be saved, we must go through Jesus.
While God’s “security” may be exclusive, it is not oppressive. Jesus said, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:30). It is true that we may have to leave some things at the gate when we enter through the door; however, it is worth it, because the ride is truly wonderful, and the destination even better.